ALL MY SONS & SORRY, WRONG NUMBER
Monday, July 29
ALL MY SONS
(1948, Irving Reis) Airplane parts mogul Edward G. Robinson gets off scot free after 21 planes using his defective parts went down – with his eldest son as one of the pilots. But then remaining son Burt Lancaster returns from combat… Adapted from Arthur Miller’s first big hit. 35mm. Approx. 94 min.
“Mr. Robinson does a superior job of showing the shades of personality in a little tough guy who has a softer side. Arrogant, ruthless and dynamic in those moments when his ‘business’ is at stake, he is also tender and considerate in the presence of those he loves… Burt Lancaster is surprisingly good and, although he appears a bit dim-witted at times, that is not implausible.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
SORRY, WRONG NUMBER
(1948, Anatole Litvak) Busy signal on 911? Compare to Barbara Stanwyck’s plight as, bedridden in her Sutton Place river view apartment, she frantically dials for help after overhearing hubby Burt Lancaster’s murder plans. 35mm. Approx. 89 min.
“Stanwyck in one of her most famous roles. Her metamorphosis from indolence to hysteria is brilliantly executed.”
– Tom Charity, Time Out (London)